Category Archives: Hervey Bay

Removal of trees Scarness Caravan Park ‘Poor Lorikeets!’

DO NOT Remove Scarness Caravan Park Trees – Create Eco-tourism Lorikeet Feeding Attraction

Scarness Caravan Park

Sign the Petition HERE!

To the Chief Executive Officer, Mayor and Councillors of Fraser Coast Regional Council

We the undersigned request the Fraser Coast Regional Council DO NOT Remove any more trees / wildlife habitats in Scarness Caravan Park until they UNDERTAKE FURTHER RESEARCH into an Environmentally & Wildlife Friendly Eco-tourism Solution.

18 trees were removed in 2012 at the Scarness Caravan Park and the lorikeets are still here, removing more trees / wildlife habitats is not a solution, and did not work last time, it just destabilises more erosion prone buffer land.

– Bird faeces, the same as bat faeces, pose no health risks unless a person is playing in it eg. having direct bodily contact with the faeces or ingesting them somehow.  To our knowledge there has been no know cases of sickness / illness to humans recorded from the Lorikeets roosting near Scarness Caravan Park. (CEO Lisa Desmond & Fraser Coast Regional Council still to provide their reports on this health issue they have stated as a reason to cut the trees)

– Do the research into a bird feeding station for tourism, as FIVE Councillors stated it’s a great business opportunity; procedures, permits etc.  (eg. like Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, O’Reilly’s Rainforest retreat)
There must be some research done into the feeding station as a tourist attraction, and on record and accessible, as Council have been discussing this since 2012 when they last cut down fully grown trees at the same location, and claimed at the time they would investigate a feeding station and tourism venture as an option, so they must have some data available.

– Council should market Scarness Caravan Park as being Eco-tourism / Lorikeet Friendly.
Offering holistic management of the interactions between their visitors and wildlife.

– Build shade shelters over the caravan lots where the trees are to protect peoples vans from droppings.
This would be a minimal cost compared to the cost of cutting the trees and building another $1.2 Mill rockwall that are proven to wash out to sea.

– How many more visitors would be attracted with nice shady camp sites all year round, especially during the summer heat. This could increase revenue, particularly with rising temperatures and climate change.

– Plant some more Cottonwoods for shade too and enhance the beautiful gardens. Plant spinach in these gardens, seeFeeding a Lorikeet’ below.

– Maybe put solar panels on top of the shelters too, free electricity!

– Put is some bird baths to watch the lorikeets cool off.

– Make a lorikeet information wall plus sell toys, bird food, coffee cups, merchandise and t-shirts etc. There’s more to Hervey Bay nature tourism than just the Whales!

– Facebook, Instagram, Twitter  #lorikeetsherveybay  #lorikeetsscarness

– Have the feeding station where locals can purchase food to participate in feeding and provide photo opportunities for visitors.

Feeding a Lorikeet:
Lorikeets are one of the few parrots that eat mainly nectar and pollen and therefore need a specialised diet. There are now commercial brands of both wet (nectar) and dry (pollen) lorikeet feeds that have made feeding and nutritional maintenance of the birds easier. (These are easily accessible and quality brands can be purchased in bulk for optimum value.)  A daily supply of fruit and vegetables is also important in a balanced, healthy diet and native eucalypt flowers are always well received.

Info via –

Spinach or silverbeet leaves are important to provide calcium for the bird. Info via –

Yours Sincerely,

Removal of trees Scarness Caravan Par


Scarness Caravan Park LorikeetsSome notes from the Fraser Coast Regional Council Ordinary Meeting 9 November 2015; –

– Removal of trees Scarness Park. Loft, Seymour, Hanson, Light and Everard wanted to lay the decision on the table as good goverence for three weeks till further research into a bird feeding station for tourism can be completed, as it’s a great business opportunity; procedures, permits etc.  (eg. like Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, O’Reilly’s Rainforest retreat)
– 5 against / 6 for removal of the trees: 

Truscott, Mayor O’Connell , Sanderson, Taylor, Garland & McDonald voted the trees and lorikeets be removed immediately!! (Couldn’t wait three weeks!)

– Trevor McDonald: began by saying he was still to come to an opinion on that, then said “whether cutting down 10 trees is enough to bring about the change that we want”. He then said he “if we or I was going to be unpopular in the community and he wants to deliver a benefit and 10 doesn’t deliver that benefit, then why do it? Financially what do we achieve by cutting down 10, is there a figure that will deliver a greater benefit?”

– James Hansen: When do we stop, do we take out every tree on the Fraser Coast?

– Rolf Light: As Council has now set the precedent we won’t be able to stop people cutting trees on their own land when the lorikeets move there!! I can’t believe we can’t wait three more weeks on this decision, he stated.

– George Seymour: Shouldn’t be any rush to chop down trees solely on the basis they are a wildlife habitat and should wait and do the research.

Gerard O’Connell: Most importantly health issues surrounding this particular matter, so I think it imperative that we deal with it today.

Stuart Taylor: My biggest concern is the health and safety in relation to bird droppings.

– As it was stated the decision was also due to the “health issues” rainbow lorikeet faeces could impose on campers. This has never ever been a problem in the past till today?  (I wonder how every other caravan park in Australia manages to control their bird poo?) … and if it is such a concerning & alarming immediate “health issue” perhaps it is imperative the Park should be closed down ASAP, until further investigations are done by an official QLD health inspector for the safety of all?

– How hard would it be for Council to build little shade shelters over the caravan lots where the trees are to protect peoples vans from droppings.  This may cost $50K compared to the cost & destruction of cutting the trees and building another $1.2 Mill rockwall that washes out to sea…. and how many more visitors would you attract with nice shady camp sites all year round ….. plant some more Cottonwoods for shade too! …. maybe put solar panels on top of the shelters too, free electricity!

– Fraser Coast Regional Council has been discussing doing something for THREE years in the line of tourism with the lorikeets and yet nothing!
How hard is it??!
They obviously have absolutely no intention to  ….. more Whaffle!

Info & images via Fraser Coast Chronicle:
1. O’Connell to make bucks from birds
Larrikin lorikeets ‘here to stay’
3. Bay lorikeets get ruffled –  “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

Toogoom Rockwall Fiasco

I’ve just been doing some reading on the Toogoom Rockwall Fiasco, No wonder the State Government has deemed this NON COMPLIANT! :
“Geotextile shall be placed from top to bottom down the excavated slope and maintained by appropriate weights at the top and toe of the seawall.”
THE CONCURRENCE AGENCY RESPONSE to CEO Lisa Desmond dated 1.10.2013 has this attached diagram where the layer of geotextile is shown as a dotted line situated under the rocks and extending down the slope, across the bottom of the trench and curls up around the toe of the wall.
The material pictured here at the Toogoom site build is lying flat on the ground and is running at 90 degrees to the direction it should be and it is supposed to be laid before any rocks are placed in the trench?

Mr Hoffman states EHP is not satisfied that this certification has met required content requirements and Fraser Coast Regional Council has advised EHP it is seeking to remedy this. EHP is still considering this as a compliance matter. Further conversation with EHP confirms that, “EHP considers that FCRC have failed to meet the requirements of condition 12 and the department is currently considering enforcement options for this breach of condition in accordance with its enforcement guidelines”.

The Company that built the Toogoom Seawall went into voluntary administration before the 12month warranty expired; have since started up again in another businesses name and Fraser Coast Regional Council is still engaging them for work on the Fraser Coast ….

Correspondence with Council:
Norm Hoffman Letter 20.02.14
Mayor Letter 05.03.14
Norm Hoffman Letter 12.03.14

Toogoom rock rubble  more detail here!
Chronicle: Sinkholes appearing as Toogoom rock wall ‘built on lies’

Excellent work Norm, thank you for looking out for the community!

Letter to the Editor

Larry Burch Aquavue

Dear Mr Larry Burch, Sorry for the delay in responding to your letter to the editor dated the 12th of October, (which was in response to my letter to the editor) I have been speaking in person to several Ministers at the Community Cabinet in Bundaberg on the 18th of October and further corresponding via email about our foreshore erosion crisis and development applications on the Hervey Bay foreshore.

Jon Black, Direct – General, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and Chris Hill, Director, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection told Jannean Dean and I (to which I took notes); in person they sent a letter with technical advice that development applications on our foreshore DO NOT comply with “Module 10” of the Coastal Protection Policy.

Which then had us thinking well who approved it – in relation to Enzo’s Development application that they said they knew about and we were discussing. We recalled that Chris gave me his business card and said he would email the letter.

I wrote down these notes in front of Chris in relation to module 10 which he was over looking and giving me the exact words.

Further to this, the last words at the end of the day Jannean had from Stephen Johnston in relation to the foreshore was he will be looking into the concerns raised today.

Later towards the end of the day after our initial discussion at the start of the day with Jannean, myself and Stephen Johnston, Acting Director General, Dpt Infrastructure, Local Government & Planning he came to the table where in front of Jon Black I asked him about this letter (EHP’s technical advice to DILGP for Enzo’s Development  Application) to which he replied he would email it to me and took my business card. He also wanted me to email further info on Enzo’s development which I said I would once I had received his email. (This quote has been approved by Stephen Johnston)

So how then did they get approved?

Land zoned for PUBLIC USE as OPEN SPACE and set aside as an EROSION BUFFER should not ever be compromised or alienated by changing its use for the benefit of a commercial enterprise.

The Hon Dr Steven Miles MP, Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef spoke to me and agreed to come and inspect our foreshore erosion crisis and to do a hike on beautiful Fraser Island with me. I have contacted his office to arrange a time that would suit his schedule.
He also mentioned his government is in the process of putting far stricter regulations on Councils in relation to control of State land.

Now back to your letter to the editor:

My Statistics were direct from the CEO Lisa Desmond, Council, their Ordinary Meetings and Minutes so you will have to ask them if their stats are ‘crap’ or ‘for their own advantage’?
I personally wouldn’t be bragging about them, they do not reflect the voice of the community.

Of course you would think the Council has done a good job you have been handed a gold mine on a platter, then cry out poor me demanding the Council / community / rate payers protect YOUR business ‘located in a coastal protection erosion buffer zone from eroding?’

Cafe owner frustrated by lack of erosion protection – 6th Feb 2015 AQUAVUE
Cafe owner Larry Burch doesn’t know how much more frustration he can endure after the council shunned erosion protection for his beachside business. “It just does my head in – it’s a lack of support,” he said.

Council money for foreshore protection is allocated to protect public infrastructure and public esplanade or parkland areas, not private enterprise on our foreshore.

I have been further reading some or your practical knowledge and quotes in the Chronicle – $7m rock wall ‘last chance’ to protect foreshore – 21st Aug 2015

cottonwoode– Owner Larry Burch said he would prefer a rock wall similar to the one built outside Enzo’s Cafe at Scarness.  “Rock walls have stood the test of time.”
Really Larry?
Is that why the rock rubble wall at the Hervey Bay Sailing Club collapsed along with the boardwalk during ex-cyclone Oswald ?
The Council CEO Lisa Desmond verified in writing there are NO bulk sand bags in front of the Cottonwood trees adjacent to the east of this rock rubble wall. They are still standing?
Is that why the Council just approved more funding in August to once again rebuild the Scarness rockwall for a third time, when they only just rebuilt it at a cost of $1.3 MILL in Jan /  Feb 2015, six months earlier?
And how would your practical knowledge explain the Toogoom rock rubble wall breaking up, eroding in front and behind, and collapsing catastrophe?

Chronicle: Sinkholes appearing as Toogoom rock wall ‘built on lies’
Toogoom Rockwall
I really feel for the residents at Toogoom with the sheer incompetence of this Council. This would also be a good location for The Hon Dr Steven Miles MP to view.

– “Mr Burch said building codes had meant new rock walls weren’t visually appealing.”
Which building code, rockwall structure and material are you referencing here?

Please see picture below of Scarness rockwall at Enzo’s “Standing the test of time”….. well the THIRD test of time … are you sure you want one like this Mr Burch at rate payer expense?!

8 Enzo Rockwall

• Subject: Burch’s bull! Another Letter to the Editor from the Community

The appalling lies and misinformation of Larry Burch (FCC 12/1015), cannot be allowed to pass without comment.  The “waste” has been the wanton destruction of our coastal vegetation, the subsequent erosion and the loss of the key demographic of the younger tourist visitor.  He talks of those making criticism of this vandalism, having little practical knowledge, but what exactly is this guy’s qualifications?  He is unaware that all the science says the maintenance and improvement of coastal vegetation has been the best practice of beach erosion control, for over 60 years.  He then uses misleading anecdotal evidence about a single tree falling over.  The coastal vegetation requires the full gamut of plants to hold firm against the sea.  The upper canopy plants, the middle storey and under storey.  As it exploits every niche of space above, the full range of coastal plants exploits every part of the root zone as well.  Indeed the only parts that held firm under the wrath of ex tropical cyclone Oswald, were the areas that were left untouched, from the ignorant vandalism, euphemistically called “Enhancement” or “Beautification”.

This area is now being destroyed as I write this.  Another path, not 10 metres from the existing bike/pedestrian way, is to funnel thirsty coffee drinkers into Mr Burch’s beach hire lease that has morphed into a café.  He ends with the line “…so we can all improve our lot”, rubbish!  The destruction of the Esplanade, has been for the benefit of the few.  The hardest vandalism occurred in front of the vacant blocks with approved unit D.A.s.  While the other beneficiaries were the operators of “Beach Hire” businesses, that have been permitted to become restaurants, to the detriment of the existing owners and operators of businesses across the road.  They have lost both trade and “Goodwill”, well and truly got the shaft, while the beach hire leases have been given the gold mine.  Due to the “Material change of use” of these leases, the leases should be cancelled and both put to tender!

S Penrose  |  Craignish

• Subject: Accentuate the positive. Another Letter to the Editor from the Community 

IN RESPONSE to Larry Burch’s article to the Chronicle, 12th October 2015.

I’m not sure what article you were reading Larry because all I heard from Jeanette Maynes was a very a positive direction the Fraser Coast could be headed in.  If we invested our time, energy, money and resources into creating employment opportunities for many, then this would depict a clear vision for the legacy we would be leaving our future generations.

It is imperative we focus on sustainability, ensure proper processes are followed and build infrastructure that improves everyone’s lives across the entire Fraser Coast, not just a few. It takes courage to stand up and voice concerns especially when it is shared by many; in particular when they are warranted. Common Sense should be the Governing factor.

Jannean Dean |  Point Vernon


Sustainable IndustryThe Fraser Coast Regional Council keeps forcing expensive MASTER PLANS for ‘Hervey Bay’ on ALL Fraser Coast rate payers to build infrastructure we don’t currently need or want, in the hope people will move to the Fraser Coast Region:

– SPORTS PRECINCT MASTER PLAN $52 MILL+ – I’m still waiting on confirmation from Council on whether the Nikenbah as the preferred location went out for Community Consultation ….
25.6% of Fraser Coast families with children Sustainable Industry 2under 15 years have no parent employed plus 60.7% of Fraser Coast residents are in the most disadvantaged quintile of the Index of Relative Socio Economic Disadvantage, these are direct quotes emailed from the CEO when seeking signatures for her prewritten letters of support for the sports precinct. So therefore let’s force parents to drive out of town with the rising cost of petrol & Sports Clubs to move out there too against their will? If it’s needed in 20 years time just build it then, not now, especially while there are people living without basic needs, or proper kerb and drainage on rural roads

– SPORTS PRECINCT MASTER PLAN is not suited to our socio-demographic
More than 50% of the region is overweight or obese. Type two diabetes also rose by an enormous 17% in Hervey Bay in just two years, and we have a 47% higher smoking rate compared to the rest of Queensland.

Is not suited to our quiet seaside lifestyle. If we wanted 20 storey buildings [to block our view] we would live at the Gold Coast. Council spent $8 MILL w
hich included removing the foreshore trees and vegetation for views, they are now spending $7.2 MILL trying to combat the erosion they created, plus now they have whipped up another FORESHORE MASTER PLAN to spend $25 MILL including removing more trees …. the mind boggles. Council calls this beautification, I call it sheer incompetence and a major waste of rate payer money. Is Maryborough going to be forced to have a section of 20 storey buildings in their CBD? Then the whole region can begin to look like the Gold Coast ….Does Maryborough even get a Master Plan or just some pavers?

Eat Street, Vibrant Lane, New Council Chambers … Perhaps the New Council Chambers should be out at Susan River, half way, less petrol and travel for staff and residents, creating more quality of life and more time spent with families. Perhaps we could make that 20 storeys and attract some government departments to create jobs …. ???

– ALL MASTERPLANS are not suited to our economy / rate payers financial situations
$4.3 million gambled on pokies and this was only for the month of March, the unemployment rate was 12.2% in the March quarter of 2015, increased petrol, water and electricity costs, second highest rates in QLD, 37% rate rise since last election?

People will not move here when there are NO JOBS! No matter what view you create or what new infrastructure.

This build and they will come ideology is out of touch, senseless, wastes our rates and is slowly crippling the whole region. Council should stop sitting back and forcing rate payers to support their poor choices … approving endless housing developments just to bleed us dry and suck out more rates, it’s ludicrous when there are NO JOBS and the majority of the community is currently struggling!

We need to utilise, build, create and introduce revolutionary ‘industries’ like hemp, wind or underwater turbines, solar, trains that run on wind energy, organic farms, medical marijuana; industries that are forever sustainable and once we have provided jobs for our own, then the people will come. These products can be exported nationally and internationally.

This will lower rates, by making things more affordable.
Imagine if all the Fraser Coast 9,000 Ergon street lights were run from turbines, there’s a $4.7mill+ saving straight up. ‘Affordability Attracts People’ not High Rates, Empty Buildings and No Jobs!
Attracting more people here in the short term just increases the unemployment percentage, creating long term enjoyable jobs for the residents already here will create change, excitement plus inject money into the community through more local spending!

If the Council can create staffed companies like Fraser Coast Opportunities, surely they can create several new industries and companies to create jobs? You know, ones that actually make a profit and benefit the community. 2013 / 2014 Council Budget – $500,000 for funding of Fraser Coast Opportunities ….

Imagine a Council that had the foresight and drive to create massive long term profit, then used it to keep rates and costs down, to build infrastructure, to create more jobs, to create more industries, to inject money back into the community …. a self funding Council? These successful systems and processes could then be on sold to other Councils for implementation. The Fraser Coast could lead the way to revolutionise the rest of Australia!

Well that’s my thinking ….
Welcome to the ‘SUSTAINABLE FRASER COAST’, where our people and transparency are paramount plus we also love to Excel and Specialise in Tourism; being Maryborough’s Heritage & Hinterland, Hervey Bay’s Whales & World Heritage listed Fraser Island!”

– Jeanette Maynes | Scarness

Ps Readers: Sorry if any of my statistics or figures are out a fraction I have repeatedly asked the Council CEO Lisa Desmond for all relevant specific financials, figures and documentation to be supplied as I cannot find what I require on the Council website, alot of the website information is five years old or more. This is the reply I received, it appears one has to pay for information, with 550 staff what ever happened to customer service:
“As previously advised you may find any publicly available information on Councils web site including financials, annual report, budget. Should you seek information that is not publicly available you may submit a right for information application. ” – Lisa Desmond | Chief Executive Officer


$54 Million Sports Precinct ‘OPPOSING’ letter

Sign the Opposing Petition Here!

Earlier this week on Wednesday Lisa Desmond the CEO of Fraser Coast Regional Council (FCRC) sent an email out titled “Letter of Support – Fraser Coast Sports Precinct “ for the $54 Million Sports Precinct Brochure coupled with a letter of information and a ‘letter of support’ to community leaders, organisations and key stakeholders for them to sign in support?

As we live in a democratic society; I believe it is only fair and just that the people have a say in response to the CEO’s request, so Jannean Dean and I have composed a letter so that you the community FCRC (Fraser Coast Regional Community)  / rate payers paying for this have an option of signing an ‘OPPOSING’ letter.

My report on the Sports Precinct from the last Council meeting I went to in Hervey Bay (WEDNESDAY, 19 AUGUST 2015):
“Cn George Seymour recently queried at Ordinary Meeting No. 11 which sporting clubs wanted to move to this area. The CEO waffled on and refused to answer. George asked four times till it was revealed the only clubs that were spoken to and would consider moving are Netball and Football (Soccer).
Every other club on the Fraser Coast will be forced to move. All sporting Club’s satellite hub buildings are going to cost each little club between $300K – $450K! Cn Trevor McDonald and Cn James Hansen both agreed, no one wants to move out there.
FCRC recommended business like the RSL and / or Boat Club to manage the satellite hubs – They would then have complete say as they have management rights, therefore to me they can name their price, fees and rent through the roof!!! I can see a complete collapse of most local children’s sport and a rise in obesity from 50% to 75%+
It seems our sports grounds are so great the 2015 Junior State Cup Touch Football Carnival thinks they are suitable for STATE LEVEL events every year. Why would FCRC need to spend millions of dollars on a new one?
The rising costs of fuel, children unable to ride bikes to this new precinct safely and communities outside of Hervey Bay need to also be considered.”


Did you know? (Quite Alarming Stats emailed direct from the CEO)

• 60.7% of Fraser Coast residents are in the most disadvantaged quintile of the Index of Relative Socio Economic Disadvantage.
• 25.6% of families with children under 15 years have no parent employed.
• the unemployment rate was 12.2% in the March quarter of 2015.
• from 2011 to 2036, the population for Fraser Coast is projected to increase from 97,661 persons to 146,602 with significant growth anticipated in the 0 – 10 years age group.
(I asked for evidence of where this stat / figure came from but the CEO emailed she was declining to answer)
• the region ranks among the worst three areas in Queensland for obesity and smoking, and among the worst for cancer deaths – the region has a 32% higher obesity and 47% higher smoking rate compared to the rest of Queensland.

These stats directly confirm what an irrational, uneconomical, nonviable community expense and clearly further demonstrates how out of touch the Council is with our community …..!

Compound Interest on a $56 Mill loan for 20 years will double the cost to above $100 Mill

Alot of people are struggling with their rates (2015 Overdue rates $13,889,122) plus rising electricity, so with the rising costs of fuel, children unable to ride bikes to this new precinct safely and communities outside of Hervey Bay need to also be considered.

Also who pays for the ongoing upkeep of the fields the Clubs or the rate payers?

Council has purchased the land, so if in 10 or 20 years and we have the numbers we just build it.  Why don’t we review the currents plans for Tavistock St and possibly assist current sports grounds / clubs with money to help with upgrades to their current precincts instead?
Maybe if we improve what we currently have, we can grow the numbers and justify the expense  ….


My speech & some images from the day:
In Queensland 65% of adults and 28% of children are overweight or obese which includes 50% of the Fraser Coast being overweight or obese.

Therefore being very passionate about fitness, fun & health I’ve organised today’s ‘Step into Spring’ FITNESS & HEALTH EXPO to raise awareness, promote prevention and help educate about Fitness & Health on the Fraser Coast! Please note: Audience participation is compulsory!

I have written and published a ‘4 Week Program’ which is a Mind, Meal & Exercise Plan that teaches people the tools and skills to apply for a long term happy healthy lifestyle, which will is available at the Zumba stall as I hope to revolutionise the Fraser Coast! I find the Fraser Coast obesity epidemic very serious and am working towards creating a massive community lifestyle overhaul campaign with the help of other like minded professionals!

This event would not be possible without the Awesome support of Karen Chatfield the site manager and the Hervey Bay Council for the Arts​ who generously gave us one of their open mike days for the event, covered the insurance plus all stall fees have been donated back to them for their support of this fun day.

I would like extend a huge thanks to Katie form Z Club Dance Fitness for kindly providing the use of her awesome sound equipment for the day, plus she will be doing some high energy zumba for us to participate in also!

I would like to thank my Fraser Coast Fitness & Health friends, where are you, hand up ladies, if you have any questions today just ask the girls. We also go for a walk every Wednesday at 6:30am with Cheryl from the Torquay Jetty to the pier return and all are welcome to join us.

A massive thank you to the Amazing team of local businesses have come on board to showcase the high level of professional services, products, skills, tools and knowledge available to all. This will be a huge day of fun with maximum audience participation! There are stalls, performances, talks and demos including and on – Bio-aging, Massage, Foot Reflexology, Crossfit, Gyms, Meditation, Yoga, Face Painting, Zumba, Belly Dancers, Martial Arts, Tennis, Burlesque & Fitness Demos plus heaps more.

We will also be raising funds for Bayside Transformations one of our local Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation non for profit Program, who will be manning the ‘healthy option’ BBQ and they have a stall with more info. I would also like to mention that Climbmax the rock wall here is donating 10% of their profits from today to Bayside so make sure you have a climb!

We are a team of passionate individuals and businesses on the Fraser Coast that work together to raise awareness and help others achieve a new way of life and thinking that is healthy, exciting, fun and will make you happy!

Our only competition is laziness, a sedentary lifestyle, poor choices, mental health, fast and junk food plus the television!



Some more images from a photography tour on went on with / for Palace Adventures last weekend on Fraser Island!


‘Step into Spring’ FITNESS & HEALTH EXPO!


Being very passionate about fitness, fun & health I’m very proud to announce I’ve organised the ‘Step into Spring’ FITNESS & HEALTH EXPO! This will be an Exciting day of stalls, demos & performances to raise awareness and help educate about Fitness & Health on the Fraser Coast!
An Amazing team of local businesses have come on board to showcase the high level of professional services, products, skills and knowledge available to all. This will be a huge day of fun at Scarness park with maximum audience participation, so wear something comfy and save the date, Sunday 16th of August!
There will be performances, talks and demos including / on –  Bio-aging , Zumba, Belly Dancers, Martial Arts, Crossfit, Burlesque & Fitness Demos.
We will also be raising funds for Bayside Transformations one of our local Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation non for profit Program, who will be manning the ‘healthy option’ BBQ and selling their artwork.
– 6:30am 10km CHALLENGE! Free Run or Walk. Scarness Park to the Pier return!
– 10am – 2pm FITNESS & HEALTH EXPO! Scarness Park / Stage.
I may have a couple of stall spaces left and three 15min performance spaces in the afternoon if anyone would like to join the team! If you would like to register interest in future events please inbox or email me at

Kind regards
Jeanette Maynes
Personal Trainer / Life Coach
Author of the 4 Week Program – Mind, Meal & Exercise Plan –
Artwork donated by Design House –

Proudly Showcasing:
4 Week Program​
Jeanette Maynes “The Motivator”​
Design House​
Bayside Transformations​
Hervey Bay Council for the Arts​
Fraser Coast Fitness & Health​
Virgos Natural Therapies​
ZUMBA FRASER COAST – ZClub Dance Fitness​
Flaming Sands Bellydance
Shades of Inspiration​
Khachodling Dakini Sanctuary​
ClimbMax Hervey Bay​
KB CrossFit​
Twenty Four Hour Gym​
Oceanside Hair & Beauty​
Anytime Fitness Hervey Bay​
Diamond Dolls Burlesque Dancers – Hervey Bay​
Your Best Fit – Nutrition, Fitness & Fertility​
Nefertiti Dance
Rhee Taekwondo Fraser Coast​
Moksha Raw Organic Skin Food

81 km Double-Marathon Mud, Run for the Mary River, September 2008

Lindsay TitmarshI recently met the very interesting local legend ‘Lindsay Titmarsh’ at a talk on dingoes at the Hervey Bay Community Centre. I took a photo of Lindsay holding a paper article with a picture of himself in his 20’s and a very interesting editorial he wrote on dingoes, ‘Living with the Wild Ones’. Noticing that I was into fitness Lindsay told me about his massive history making 81km mega ‘ultra’ marathon run he did when he was 60. It was his way of saying “No” to the proposed dam on the Mary River on Sunday, 7 September, 2008. I found it so interesting, impressive and inspiring I have asked him to forward his account of the event, which he has, so that I can share it with the public in this blog story. We’ve also made tentative plans to possibly go wild pig spotting together on his mangrove islands and to have a look around his property ‘Tandora’, so that should be another interesting blog story!

Lindsay Titmarsh Mary & SusanLindsay also kindly gave me one of his books ‘Mary & Susan’ Sister Rivers of the Fraser Coast and autographed it for me. The images and photographs are so magical and it is full of awesome and educational history!

To visit a place on this overcrowded planet of ours, where no other person has ever been, should certainly give the lucky participant a thrill. So it is when I venture out into the largely unexplored wilderness of the combined estuary of the Mary and Susan Rivers. Viewing an ancient, twisted mangrove tree for the very first time or standing in a few square metres of open mud in an otherwise seemingly endless scrub, is just magic.

He has also published another book being:

Tandora – A Pioneer’s Dream The author presents 36 chapters of ‘no holds barred’ interesting reading that has something for everyone. Droughts, floods, dingoes, wild pigs, horses, cattle, birds, trees, earthworks are just some of the topics explored.

Lindsay TitmarshRead more in full here of Lindsay’s massive effort and Erica’s report here!

Some people write letters, some people attend rallies, but for Lindsay Titmarsh of Tandora, a history making 81km mega marathon run was his way of saying “No” to the proposed dam on the Mary River on Sunday, 7 September, 2008. “I live with my family at Tandora, the only property situated beside the estuary of the Mary River. Having lived here for just over 100 years, we have seen the watercourse change dramatically in that time,” explains Mr Titmarsh. “For all of my life I have looked at the two hilly headlands, North Head and South Head, which are only one kilometre apart and form the mouth of the Mary River. Nobody has ever traveled on foot from one headland to the other. “I’ve wanted to be the first to do this run for years. The threat of a dam on the Mary River has given me the extra motivation to go ahead with my plans this year, a couple of weeks after my 60th birthday. I hope it will draw attention to the importance of the Mary River for the estuary and for the communities that live along it’s length.”I hope my run will help us prevent the damming of the Mary.”



Fraser Coast Fitness & Health Speech – by Jeanette Maynes (Personal Trainer & Life Coach)

Last Sunday I spoke at a community meeting on different topics to highlight the concerns of the Fraser Coast people in relation to different levels of government and different issues, organised by 2016 Council Candidate Jannean Dean.

Thank you for organising the talk Jannean, I’m still excited about all the things I learned, I thought it was successful and informative plus I met lots of passionate people.

I spoke in relation to obesity on the Fraser Coast and learnt lots of exciting and interesting information on a variety of community issues and topics, it was a very interesting day.

– Awesome Video by Mark Norfolk

My Speech:

In Queensland 65% of adults and 28% of children are overweight or obese.

The 2014 fifth report from the Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young clearly states obesity is arguably the most confronting public health issue of this century.

It reads the evidence is clear that obesity is fuelling the prevalence of other chronic diseases, some of which can’t be turned back. Conditions like stroke, hypertension, heart attack, some cancers and a rapid escalation of type 2 diabetes.

In 2008 Obesity was recognised as a national priority. If the current upward trend continues, there will be about three million Queenslanders overweight or obese by 2020. 2 in 3 adults and 1 in 4 children are measured as overweight or obese. Obese adults were twice as likely as those of healthy weight to report poorer mental health in 2011–12. In 2015 the Queensland president of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Shaun Rudd said the “state emergency” of obesity was costing the state economy more than $11.6 billion every year. Dr Rudd said more education was needed to lower the alarming rates of obesity across the state. “What was used to be called the smart state we now call ourselves the fat state,” he said.

It is estimated that about 124,000 hospitalisations (6.7%) in Queensland were associated with overweight and obesity in 2011–12.

In 2014 University of Adelaide research showed there is more than 45,000 overweight and obese people living on the Fraser Coast. That was 46.3%, of the region’s 99,000 residents at that time. A massive 30% of those Fraser Coast residents are obese which is 32% higher than the QLD state figure.

August 2014 saw the launch of Fraser Coast Health and Fitness Community Action Group when I called a meeting with my friends to launch the concept of ‘Proudly Raising Awareness and Actioning Fun, Fitness & Health on the Fraser Coast.’

I have written and published a ‘4 WEEK PROGRAM’ which is a Mind, Meal & Exercise Plan that teaches people the tools and skills to apply for a long term happy healthy lifestyle.

In June 2015 we rebranded to the simple, fresh & easy to remember Fraser Coast Fitness & Health‘ (FCFH No more long name, it’s easy to remember, soothing new logo and colours, new activities, new goals and new free fitness timetable.)

We are a team of passionate individuals and businesses on the Fraser Coast that work together to raise awareness and help others achieve a new way of life and thinking that is healthy, exciting, fun and will make you happy!

Our only competition is laziness, a sedentary lifestyle, poor choices, mental health, fast and junk food plus the television!

We often share for free our enthusiasm, motivation, skills, professionalism, qualifications, encouragement, support and life experiences on this amazing journey!

We have a facebook page ‘Fraser Coast Fitness & Health’ that shares fitness news and events on the Fraser Coast plus we will be holding a free Fitness & Health Expo in Scarness park on Sunday the 16th of August from 10am – 2pm that I am currently organising. My next FREE 10km Community Challenge will also be on this date leaving at 6:30am from Scarness Park.

I would love for the Fraser Coast Regional Council to build fitness & tourist icons such as a rock pool, outdoor gyms, huge sets of stairs, more community gardens and open spaces, hiking trails, fitness equipment and bike paths for the residents to utilise. Allocate funding to free community exercise groups and become constantly vocal and proactive within the community about obesity awareness, especially prevention and create ongoing local initiatives. I have spoken to the Mayor a couple of times in relation to this matter but to no avail. As our State government & medical professionals report the obesity rate as arguably the most confronting public health issue of this century and a “state emergency”, why does our Council not take the Fraser Coast obesity epidemic seriously and work towards creating a massive community lifestyle overhaul campaign?!!

Orchid House – Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens

Today’s snaps from the Orchid House at the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens, only $2.50 to have a look around, money well spent, it was so Magical!


Some more images from a photography tour on went on with / for Palace Adventures last weekend on Fraser Island!

‘Fraser Coast Fitness & Health’ Tackling Obesity

Proudly Raising Awareness and Actioning Fun, Fitness & Health on the Fraser Coast!

FCFH Timeline

• 65% of the Fraser Coast’s population is overweight or obese
• 30% of residents are obese which is 32% higher than the QLD state figure
• 19% smoke daily which is 47% higher than the state figure
• 8% hospitalisations are avoidable
• 25% of deaths are avoidable!
[Stats Via Fraser Coast Chronicle]

Rebrand June 2015

Rebrand June 2015

August 2014 saw the launch of Fraser Coast Health and Fitness Community Action Group. Now re-branded to the simple and easy to remember ‘Fraser Coast Fitness & Health’ (No more tongue twister, soothing new colours, easy to remember, new directions, new activities, new goals & new timetable.)

Good friends Jeanette, Cheryl & Florian are excited about the new direction!

They are a team of passionate people and businesses in the community that are vested in helping others achieve a new way of life and thinking that is healthy, exciting, fun, productive and will make them happy and confident! I want to share with you their enthusiasm, motivation, professionalism, qualifications, encouragement, support and life experiences and encourage you to go on this amazing journey with them!

Jeanette & Cheryl

Jeanette & Cheryl

Jeanette is a qualified personal trainer and life coach who is extremely passionate about her fitness, striving for excellence in all aspects of her life, motivating and inspiring others on their journey. She definitely ‘Walks the Talk!”
Jeanette is a published author and has written the “4 Week Program” being a mind, meal and exercise plan that has proven to really work.
Since 2012 Jeanette has been leading people on mountain hikes, free 20km Community hikes on Fraser Island and free monthly 10km challenges in Hervey Bay (run or walk).
Her next 10km Challenge is on Saturday the 4th of July starting at Scarness Car Park at 6am. All welcome, take the Challenge, or go half way and do 5km!

Cheryl Virgo is a qualified natural therapies & massage therapist plus life coach with 15 years experience specialising in energy work.
Cheryl takes a free 6.5 km beach walk from Torquay Jetty to the Pier return each Wednesday at 6 am. All are welcome and you will experience the most magical sunrises on the East Coast! Cheryl is also excited about being “The Leader of the Pack” with her new 3 km “Dog Walks” on a Monday and Friday starting at Cafe Cavour on the Esplanade opposite Crown street.

Florian Fitzek is currently working away but is looking forward to getting back to the bay for work and firing up his free training business again!

For more info on local fitness news and events please like and follow the Fraser Coast Fitness and Health Facebook page HERE! 


Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR II Lens Kit

15 NikonI’ve finally bought a good beginners camera to further my interest in photography being a – Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR II Lens Kit, with wifi and gps.

Yesterday I did some camera practice on a 10km hike on Fraser Island. Some of my beginners snaps here and a couple taken of me by acclaimed award winning local photographer Sandra Boles on her weapon of a camera. Thanks heaps for all the helpful tips Sandy!!

Turia Pitt Motivational Talk

On Saturday the 6th of June I had the wonderful opportunity to listen to the very inspirational Turia Pitt at the Brolga Theatre Maryborough.
Turia was burned terribly to 65% of her body in Sept 2011 by a grassfire when competing in a 100km Ultra Marathon across the Kimberley. She mentioned she passed away three times on the operating table and her amazing transformation has so far taken over three years and over two hundred surgical procedures. She wore her mask for two years and didn’t like it at all, mentioning how we all wear masks ….. something to think about!

She spoke of how people have so much more potential and are capable of so much more than they realise. If you really want to do something you will always find a way to make it happen, anything is possible if you never give up. Time is our most precious resource, make the most of every single day.
Earlier this year Turia ran the Huskisson 42km Marathon and beat her time from before her injuries! She is currently training between 8am – 11am in the morning to compete in an Ironman! 4km swim, 180km bike ride plus 42km run.

Turia mentioned that long runs can be tedious which I tend to agree with so she uses her imagination for distraction such as seeing herself as a messenger running to the Queen. Her talk was very amusing.
She mentioned one day she may get back into engineering as she missed the maths and spread sheets (I couldn’t think of anything worse hee hee) but for now is enjoying her motivational public speaking and supporting the charity Interplast plus possibly staring a family with Michael.
She has also written a book ‘Everything to Live For’, more info here! … and is currently working on her new book, ‘Life is a Gift’.
[Images via Turia’s website, Womens Weekly, and 60 Minutes]


Deputy Mayor Complaint letter by D.G.Barrowcliffe

Fraser Coast Regional Council Deputy Mayor

Fraser Coast Regional Council unlawfully elected Councillor Robert Garland to the position of Mayor on 6 May 2015 by failing to comply with the lawful requirements of the Local Government Act 2009 and Local Government Regulation 2012.

As a consequence I have made a formal complaint shown below in its entirety to the Department of Infrastructure Local Government and Planning on 15 May 2015.

It remains to be seen whether Minister Jackie Trad follows the actions of her predecessor David Crisafulli and does nothing about the complaints of non- compliance of the Local Government Act by the Fraser Coast Regional Council.   Will she discharge her legislated responsibilities and take action against the Council?

RE: Formal complaint concerning Fraser Coast Regional Council

I wish to make a formal complaint concerning breaches and non-compliance of the Local Government Act 2009 and Local Government Regulation 2010 by the CEO Lisa Desmond, James Cockburn Acting Director Community & Development Services, the Mayor Councillor Gerard O’Connell and councillors, James Hansen, Phil Trustcott, Chris Loft, Daniel Sanderson, Rolf Light, Trevor McDonald, Darren Everard, Robert Garland and Stuart Taylor.

On Wednesday, 6 May 2015 Fraser Coast Regional Council (FCRC) held Ordinary Meeting No.6. Item 10.2 on the agenda was the review of the position of Deputy Mayor and the call for nominations. Two resolutions, one for the position of Deputy Mayor to be declared vacant and one calling for nominations for a new Deputy Mayor, both resolutions being carried unanimously (Doc1).

Councillor Light moved and Councillor Truscott seconded a resolution “If more than 1 nominee, a secret preferential ballot be conducted to determine the new incumbent to the position of Mayor”. The resolution was carried unanimously. Two nominations were received, one for Councillor Everard and one for Councillor Garland. A secret ballot was conducted by the CEO Lisa Desmond and the Acting Director Community & Development Service James Cockburn. The ballot resulted in Councillor Garland obtaining a majority of votes, the number of which were not disclosed. A resolution was moved by Councillor Everard and seconded by Councillor Taylor that Councillor Garland be appointed to the position of Deputy Mayor. The motion was carried unanimously. (Doc2) (Doc4)

In the Fraser Coast Chronicle on Wednesday, 6 May 2015, published and circulated before the Council meeting were two articles, one headed “Deputy voted behind closed doors” and one “Councillors vote behind closed doors”. One of the articles correctly named the two nominations and correctly identified Councillor Garland being elected Deputy Mayor behind a closed door meeting held on Monday 4 May 2015, TWO DAYS before the open Council Meeting. The other article raises the matter of probity and transparency of Council meetings and decision making (Doc3)

The two articles clearly indicate that decisions were made behind a closed door meeting held on the Monday prior to the Ordinary Council meeting. The meetings are referred to as an “Executive Briefings” The meetings are attended by the CEO Lisa Desmond and other staff members and all councillors. The term “Executive Briefing” is to circumvent the requirements of the CEO Lisa Desmond to comply with Section 272(1) (2) (4) (a) Local Government Regulation 2012. It is a well-known practice of the council to conduct business in this manner which has been previously stated to me personally by 3 councillors on three different occasions. In this particular matter it has been evidenced in writing and published before the council meeting. This provides evidence that there was a structured and unrecorded meeting where a vote was taken in secret.

Under council Standing Orders the CEO Lisa Desmond is responsible for providing agendas for meetings. The meeting as reported in the Fraser Coast Chronicle held on Monday 4 May 2015 where a decision was made and a vote taken was done in contravention of Section 277 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Local Government Regulation 2012 Public Notice of Meeting.

The community assumes and expects that if the CEO Lisa Desmond was, as required under Section 194 (2) Local Government Act A person is qualified to be the chief executive officer if the person has the ability, experience, knowledge and skills that the local government considers appropriate having regards to the responsibilities of a chief executive officer she would or should have known that the resolution proposed by Councillor Light and seconded by Councillor Trustcott was not in compliance with Section 260 (2) (a) Local Government Regulation 2010. She should have, or would have known that a secret ballot where the voting is not disclosed as to what number of councillors voted for each candidate that Section 260 (2) (b) (c) (d) could not be complied with. Likewise, it would be assumed that James Cockburn, in the executive position as the Acting Director of Community Development Services would have known that a secret vote was in breach of Section 260 (2) (a) Local Government Regulation 2010(Doc5)

At a Council meeting No.6 held on Wednesday 7 May 2014 a resolution was passed 9 votes to 2 that a secret ballot be conducted should more than one person be nominated for the position of Deputy Mayor. On that occasion there was only one nomination so the secret ballot was not conducted. Regardless, it proves the point that councillors do propose secret ballots in the full knowledge and support of the CEO Lisa Desmond. (Doc7)

The manner in which Councillor Robert Garland was elected was in contravention of Section 260 (2) (a) (b) (c) (d). Local Government Regulation 2010, therefore his appointment is illegal and has no effect. He is not entitled to any additional remuneration as prescribed for a person who is the Deputy Mayor.

The CEO Lisa Desmond and the Acting Director Community & Development Services James Cockburn have breached Section 4 (2) (a) (d) (e) Local Government Act 2009 (Local Government Principles), and Section 13 (b) (i) (ii) (c) (d) (e) (h) Local Government Act 2009.

The Mayor Councillor Gerard O’Connell, and Councillors James Hansen, Phil Trustcott, Chris Loft, Daniel Sanderson, Rolf Light, Trevor McDonald, Darren Everard, Robert Garland, Stuart Taylor and George Seymour, have all by their conduct breached Section 4 (2) (a) (e) (Local government Principles), Section 12 (1) (3) (a) (i) (b) (d) and Section 176 (1) (a) (3) (a) (b) (i) (ii) Local Government Act 2009.

As a consequence of the conduct of the CEO Lisa Desmond I sent an email to her concerning the election of the Deputy Mayor to which I have yet to receive acknowledgement or response (Doc 9)

I also sent an email to all councillors and the Mayor Gerard O’Connell to which I have yet to receive acknowledgement or response (Doc 8)

On Saturday 9 May 2015 a letter which I had written (edited) was published in the Fraser Coast Chronicle concerning the appointment of the Deputy Mayor (Doc 6)

Because of the breaches and non-compliance with the Local Government Act 2009 the Minister for Local Government has to act in accordance with Section 113 (1), (2) and 3 (b). Should the Minister not act she will be in breach of Section 4 (1) (a) (b) (i) (ii) and be answerable to the Parliament for her actions.

As it is a matter of record that you have previously failed on complaint to take action against the CEO Lisa Desmond and various councillors a copy of this correspondence will be sent to Bruce Saunders the Member for Maryborough with a request that he forwards it to the Minister for Local Government Jackie Trad directly for her information.

List of document in attached file. – HERE

  1. Copy of front page of Council minutes dated 6 May 2015 (Doc1)
  2. Page 6 of Council minutes (Doc2)
  3. Two articles in Fraser Coast Chronicle 6 May 2015(Doc3)
  4. Article in Fraser Coast Chronicle 7 May 2015 (Doc 4)
  5. Letters to the editor in Fraser Coast Chronicle 7 & 8 May 2015(Doc 5)
  6. Letter to the editor in Fraser Coast Chronicle 9 May 2015 (Doc6)
  7. Page 4 of Council minutes dated 7 May 2014(Doc7)
  8. Email dated 8 May 2015 to all councillors (Doc 8)
  9. Email dated 7 May 2015 to CEO Lisa Desmond (Doc 9)

Yours sincerely




9The DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION ON FILE is confirmed in writing from the CEO as being NON – COMPLIANT and pursuant to a clause they chose to “exercise their right” and deem it as acceptable.
The correct Building Conditions WERE NOT in the AGENDA VOTED ON by Councillors at the Ordinary Meeting on the 25th of March 2015. Council has twice DOCTORED THE BUILDING CONDITIONS / RECORDS OF THE ORDINARY MEETING MINUTES that they NOW are NOT A TRUE & CORRECT RECORD AND DO NOT CORRESPOND WITH THE DECISION NOTICE. The CEO also gave herself permission to waver the Public Tender / Expressions of Interest Process on the adjoining lease (someone else in the community may have liked to put a little cafe next door).
I have emailed the CEO more questions today and expressed that as a rate payer I am NOT happy to pay the wage of town planners that do not do the job they are employed to do and am alarmed they do not make sure Development Applications meet mandatory requirements in the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) forms which are required for a ‘properly made’ development application on State wide forms used by all local governments in Queensland..
If I was a Councillor I would be refusing to VOTE for anything that was NON – COMPLIANT like Councillors James Hansen, Trevor McDonald & George Seymour did.
How can a NON COMPLIANT Development Application that CONFLICTS with all of the attached from the Fraser Coast Planning Scheme 2014 be in accordance with the Sustainable Planning Act 2009?
With TWO Independent Town-Planner Reports submitted AGAINST the NON – COMPLIANT Development Application clearly stating it is not safe or appropriate to build there, the CEO, Council Town Planners & some Councillors choose to declare it “otherwise”
Other correspondence with FCRC has stated that – “The Fraser Coast Shoreline Management Options Assessment Report highlights the long term changes that the Fraser Coast will face along its shoreline. The influences of a receding shoreline and rising sea levels indicate that demand for capital and operation management will increase over time.”

More info here & here.


A huge thank you to everyone that participated in our Latin dance day! Fun times! Thank you Lupita!!! & Blue Dolphin Marine Tours!!!

Salsa Group
L.A.D Studio – Latin Dance
Zumba Caliente Fraser Coast
Design House

Sat 30th May 2015 With Lupita, Ana & Jeanette!

Just do the workshop, or the cruise, or both, the Choice is yours!
HURRY email for payment details: Workshop & Cruise May 2015 FINAL

Fraser Island Marathon “The run so good they had to ban it!”

UPDATE: Letter John Glaister | Director-General (Seems the Minister has passed my questions even higher).
Obviously there is no ‘Fraser Island Marathon’ event now and no permit, but on the upside it appears one could still possibly enjoy running on the Island at their own leisure and own choice of whether there is a ‘personal safety risk’ keeping in mind the dingo safety rules, whether they are in a dingo prone area or not & most importantly ‘stick to groups’!!


Director general


Fraser Island Marathon you tube

DO NOT REMOVE MEMORIAL HALL – ‘Historical Significance’

To The Chief Executive,

My reasons why the Memorial Hall and Cenotaph DOES SATISFY the cultural heritage criteria are is this You Tube clip and therefore they are to remain in Freedom Park:

Memorial Hall

Public Submissions are being sought and must be received by the Department before the close of business on 4th December 2015.

Please quote Ref No. HRN 650026 and tell Heritage why you would like Pialba Memorial Hall and Cenotaph to remain in Freedom Park.

You can either email to:
or post: GPO Box 2454, Brisbane Qld 4001

Further information can be found on the Qld Heritage website.


– Awesome Video by Mark Norfolk


Please sign the petition here!

Please Sign & Share this petition against demolishing or moving the historic Main St Memorial Hall & Railway Station. So many of us do our exercise in this awesome hall!

“The hall was dedicated to the Old and New Diggers in 1941 and should remain in Freedom Park as the Returned Soldiers wanted it to be a benefit to the Community.” – Delma Taylor

“Possibly dates to 1906. The Burrum Divisional Board was formed in 1880. In 1905 the Board disbanded and a new Pialba Shire Council was formed. The council purchased land at Main Road and Torquay Road from Jocumsens for £80 and in 1906 Queensland Cabinet voted £300 towards construction of the shire hall. It was built by Ashton Nelson. In 1917 the Pialba Shire Council was replaced by the Burrum Shire Council. The building was moved in 1941 to its present locality for use as a dance hall and theatre.”

“Researching Halls of Hervey Bay: Pialba Shire Hall built and opened in 1906 (21/06/1906) for the Piabla Shire Council on the corner of Main Street and Torquay Road were now there is a car park. 1st picture the Hall is situated in the bottom right of the photo. It was used by the Council for meeting and also hired out to the Public. In 1905 the Burrum Shire Council was divided into two divisions and Hervey Bay’s got their own Council, Pialba Shire Council. Then on the 4th April 1917 the last council meeting was held in the hall as the Shire of Pialba was abolished in 1917 and the new Council become the Burrum Shire Council and meetings were held in Maryborough. The Pialba Shire Hall was still used by the public but was badly damaged by water from the flood waters and was in much need of repair. 1938 the Diggers from WW1 saw the need for the Hall to be keep for the people of Hervey Bay when the Council decided to sell the hall for removal and then sell the block of land it was and others in the hope getting rates from the new land owners. The Diggers applied to the Railway Commissioner to buy the Railway Reserve land that the Pialba Memorial Hall now stands on. The Commissioner granted their request and sold the land for 75 pounds instead of 100 pounds in response to the Diggers request. The Pialba Shire Hall was moved to it’s present site. The Diggers made many improvements to the Hall and it was opened 20/12/1941. During the opening the Diggers said that: Our motive throughout was public spirited and also of a patriotic nature to give our boys a fitting public memorial not a bleak and static one (statue) But a memorial both active and productive that would benefit the whole community. The Hall 74 years later is still doing what the Diggers had hope for the people of the district.”  – Delma Taylor

PIALBA’S NEW HALL FINE MEMORIAL TO DIGGERS – Officially Opened by State President Mr. R. D. Huish (Maryborough Chronicle Wed Dec 24 1941.)
Full story here!

Locals Protest against moving the Hall, Fraser Coast Chronicle here!


 The Last Post, Hervey Bay ANZAC Dawn Service 2011